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Japan Center, San Francisco

(3.3/5 based on 95+ reviews on the web)
The Japan Center is a shopping center in the Japantown neighborhood of San Francisco, California. It opened in March 1968 and was originally called the Japanese Cultural and Trade Center. It is composed of three malls: the Kinokuniya Mall, Kintetsu Mall, and Miyako Mall. Anchor tenants include Books Kinokuniya and Sundance Kabuki Cinema.The Fuki-ya restaurant owned by Junko and Richard K. Diran is said to have been the first Robatayaki restaurant in the United States.The architecture of the site, created by Minoru Yamasaki, has been described as "Brutalist slabwork."San Francisco's Peace Pagoda is on the Japan Center site.
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TripAdvisor
  • Maybe I had too high of expectations but I was very disappointed by the Japan Center. It's just a small 1960's era shopping mall with some Japanese shops. The Dasio is small and the rest of the mall i...  more »
  • Japan Center in the heart of Japantown is a two level mall with all types of stores that sell predominantly Japanese goods. If it is made in Japan, you can probably find some variation of it here. The...  more »
  • My daughter and I visited the Japan Center during our trip to San Francisco and absolutely loved the feeling of being transported to Japan. The food options were unique as well as the shops. We especi...  more »
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  • Got to be honest, it's pretty bleak ...there're a few authentic looking restaurants and shops. Resembles a dated shopping centre with a friendly atmosphere. Recommended for lunch and dinner.
  • I have been going to japan town sense I could remember and loved every visit. The place is great to visit if you want to experiences more of Japanese food and culture or just want to take your family or other love ones for a good time in the city.
  • Cool place to check out. There's usually something going on here; events, festivals, etc. Go inside to try some unique foods and find interesting trinkets.
  • Fun place to explore and waste some time. The prices can be a bit high but if you don't go in expecting to buy a ton of stuff. A few good shops for skincare stuff are some of the highlights
  • This is a really fun experience on the weekend. Maybe things to see, many places to eat, many people to watch! And it's open on Sunday evenings too.